The Women of the Monrovia District Conference, United Methodist Church on Monday, September 10, 2012 officially opened the New Hope United Methodist Women Elementary School in Mount Barclay for the regular lesson academic year.
The eight classrooms school was constructed to provide educational opportunity for the children-mainly girls, of the Mount Barclay community, has enrolled over 105 students. The institution though new is now helping parents to get kids off the streets. “This is a hopeful sign that parents of the Mount Barclay Community want to link up with the Monrovia District Women in removing the children from the streets, especially girls,” Madam Margretta Sieh, Principal, stated.
In a brief meditation to the students, the Rev. Dr. Jerry P. Kulah District Superintendent of the Monrovia District Conference called on the students to look up to God as they go through their lessons. Speaking on the theme, “your future is in God’s hand” Rev. Kulah said the school is a fulfillment of the mission and vision of the general United Methodist Church in Liberia in educating the future leaders of the country. He urged the students to take their lesson serious, adding “you might be the next president or doctor of Liberia.”
The President of the Monrovia District Women in a special statement delivered at the program thanked the Women of Oak Grove United Methodist Church of Decatur, Georgia in the United States of America for the partnership in educating the children of Liberia. She praised Zoe M. Hicks and Madge Watson for their role in coordinating the partnership between the two women groups.
The New Hope United Methodist Women Elementary School was dedicated in February 18, 2012 by the Rev. Dr. John G. Innis. The school has eight class rooms, offices for the principal and vice principal, the secretary and registrar. The building is also equipped with teachers’ launch and modern bathroom facilities. The school cost about US$100,000.00
The school brings to 81 the number of United Methodist Schools in Liberia.